Top-seeded players qualify for the second round, number of matches to be decided in tiebreaks
The first round of the 2009 World Chess Cup finished on Sunday. Many players have qualified for the next stage by winning the mini-matches with classical time control, while the remaining scores will be settled after tomorrow’s rapid tiebreaks.
14 top seeded players have progressed to the next round by winning against lower rated opposition without much difficulty. However, GM Sergei Movsesian was eliminated by Chinese Yu Yangyi, while Leinier Dominguez Perez drew both games against Australian hope David Smerdon.
Filipino GM Darwin Laylo shocked the 2700-club member GM David Navara by winning the second game and equalizing the score to 1-1. Laylo’s compatriot Wesley So was in reversed situation, after winning on day one against Gadir Guseinov, he blundered in the second game and this match goes into tiebreaks as well.
In general, there were many interesting results and players coming back to life after being 0-1 down. Vladimir Baklan beat Alexander Shabalov, Vadim Milov eqalized against Parimarjan Negi, Ernesto Inarkiev won against Jan Gustafsson and Pavel Tregubov rose against Varuzhan Akobian. All these players will enter the playing hall on Monday to fight for the qualification in rapid games.
Sergey Fedorchuk surprised the favoured Ivan Sokolov and escorted him home with a clean 2-0 win. Laurent Fressinet achieved the same score against Russian hope Sanan Sjugirov, as well as Asian champion Ganguly Surya Shekhar in the match against Anton Filippov.
The playing hall
Ernesto Inarkiev versus Jan Gustafsson
Artyom Timofeev versus Rafael Leitao